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Parcel Descriptions

Parcel A:

Photograph of Parcel A

Parcel A is the first parcel of the Shipyard to transfer to the City of San Francisco for redevelopment. In October 2004, Federal and State regulatory agencies overseeing the cleanup of the Shipyard concurred that Parcel A has been safely cleared of hazardous materials and is safe for transfer. A few weeks later, on November 16, 2004, the San Francisco Redevelopment Commission voted unanimously to take control of Parcel A.

Thought to be the cleanest parcel at the Hunters Point Shipyard, this 75 acre parcel was primarily used for housing and recreational activities. Industrial activities on Parcel A included a pesticide mixing shed and some radiological laboratories. Parcel A is believed to have been contaminated mostly by lead and asbestos in and around the residential buildings. A Record of Decision for Parcel A was signed in 1995, which stated that no further action was necessary on Parcel A and that the Navy had completed all necessary cleanup on Parcel A.

The first draft of the U.S. Navy’s Finding of Suitability to Transfer (FOST) for Parcel A was submitted in 1996 to the regulatory agencies. Since then, the boundaries of Parcel A have changed several times and there have been many revisions to the FOST. The Final Finding of Suitability to Transfer for Parcel A (Revision 3), Hunters Point Shipyard, was released in September 2004 and concurrence from the regulatory agencies came in early October.

Map of Parcel A


Parcel B:

Photograph of Parcel B

Like many parts of the Hunters Point Shipyard, Parcel B is located primarily on fill originating from the hill above the Shipyard (now known as “Parcel A”) and from other quarries around the Bay Area. Industrial activities on Parcel B included submarine maintenance pens and dry-docks, a battery manufacturing and maintenance facility, and a chemical tank farm. Investigations have shown that Parcel B covers approximately 63 acres and is contaminated with heavy metals, solvents, petroleum products and PCBs. A cleanup agreement for Parcel B was signed in October 1997; the Navy is currently proposing to change (“amend”) this agreement and expects to decide on a new remedy in 2005. Parcel B will likely be the third portion of the Shipyard to transfer to the City of San Francisco.

Map of Parcel B


Parcel C:

Photograph of Parcel C

Parcel C, located on the northeast quadrant of the Shipyard, covers approximately 77 acres and is and is built almost entirely on fill. Parcel C is the historic Supervisor of Ship Repair Area, and it contains all three of the Shipyard’s major dry docks. This is a highly polluted part of the Shipyard, contaminated by vinyl chloride, solvents, petroleum products, PCBs, and heavy metals.

Map of Parcel C


Parcel D:

Photograph of Parcel D

Located in the southeast quadrant of the Shipyard, Parcel D is built entirely on fill. Parcel D was another heavy industrial area of the Shipyard where the bulk of off-vessel ship repair and maintenance work was done in its many machine shops, foundries and finishing sites. A number of radiological laboratories and a large petroleum tank farm were also located on Parcel D. Parcel D covers approximately 100 acres and is known to be contaminated with heavy metals, solvents, PCBs, and petroleum products. It is currently believed to be the second parcel of the Shipyard that will transfer to the City of San Francisco.

Map of Parcel D


Parcels E and E2:

Photograph of Parcels E and E2

Parcels E and E2 were used primarily as disposal sites for the Shipyard. Several buildings and sites used by the Naval Radiological Affairs Support Office were also located on Parcels E and E2. Together, the two parcels cover approximately 160 acres and are made up entirely of fill material. They are considered to be the most contaminated of the dry land parcels.

There are two distinct disposal areas on Parcel E: the radium dial disposal area and the oil sump ponds. Some known contaminants found in Parcel E include: solvents, metals, radium, petroleum products, and PCBs. The Navy is planning a removal action for the radium dial disposal area in 2005. Parcel E is one of the last parts of the Shipyard scheduled to transfer to the City of San Francisco.

Parcel E2 encompasses the largest disposal area - the Industrial Landfill - and surrounding areas. In 2004, the Navy and regulatory agencies agreed to separate this area from the rest of Parcel E in order to speed up the cleanup process for the Industrial Landfill. This site is arguably the most complicated site on the Shipyard and the subject of much community concern. In 2000, a below-ground fire began in the Industrial Landfill, causing the release of toxic gases. A 13-acre landfill cap was placed on the Landfill as a temporary remedy to quench the fire.
The exact contents of the Industrial Landfill are unknown however known contaminants include metals, PCBs, pesticides, volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds, petroleum hydrocarbons, and chlorine gas.

Map of Parcels E and E2


Parcel F:

Parcel F encompasses approximately 433 acres of the submerged San Francisco Bay lands immediately surrounding the Shipyard. The largest parcel at Hunters Point Shipyard, it covers an area almost as large as all of the other parcels combined. At this time, very little is known about Parcel F. Some of the suspected contaminants include metals, petroleum products, radiological contamination, pesticides, and PCBs. Parcel F is one of the last parts of the Shipyard scheduled to transfer to the City of San Francisco.


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